Melissa Morris MMus BMus Hons LRSM
Melissa graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with a 1st class honours degree in 2005 and was awarded Distinction LRSM for piano performance the same year. Following an Erasmus Programme of study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Weimar, Germany she was awarded the Weingarten Scholarship and spent a year studying at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2008 Melissa returned to complete her Masters, achieving Commendation, at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Throughout her studies, and thereafter, Melissa’s particular interests have been in playing 20th century piano repertoire and working in instrumental duos specialising in vocal, violin and clarinet repertoire.
During her time at the Conservatoire, Melissa was pianist for contemporary music ensemble Interrobang and collaborated on many contemporary projects including an interactive piece for piano that premiered at the CBSO centre with the Birmingham Electro Acoustic Sound Theatre. More recently she has collaborated on a physical theatre piece under the direction of Daniel Piaszczyk, which premiered at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton involving live solo improvisation for the duration of the piece.
In addition to performing, Melissa is active as a rehearsal pianist for various companies and choirs in the Midlands. Alongside freelance playing, Melissa has a thriving network of piano students both in schools and privately.
Melissa has a keen interest in the diversity of, and interrelation of the arts and has recently set up Room Art with her partner and photographer Marcin Sz. This is an Art Gallery and Music Venue within their home, in which they curate and install quarterly exhibitions and put on events such as concerts, discussion groups and workshop as a way of sharing fine arts and music within the community in an informal and approachable way.
Melissa has been accompanying the Midlands Hospitals’ Choir since 2009.